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with the very latest beginning with nbc's kelly o'donnell who's been camped out on the hill again today. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the really promising part of this day has been who's talking to whom? the president and republicans have been in the same conversation. then you've got the top four leaders in congress who've been piecing together what's sort of the framework of what we think the ultimate compromise might be. here's the hard part. all of the members who actually get to vote have not been read in on the details. and there are some things they may not be so happy about. we've seen how predictable those votes can be. tonight, within minutes of this crush that surrounded the senate's top democrat, harry reid signed off on a deal that came from the white house and republicans. >> both the president and vice president called me and the president talked to the speaker as well. >> reporter: signs of real cooperation, not just talk. reid told waiting senators they better stay close. >> i would not suggest a ball game now. >> reporter: republicans went back to th
, as they say, fluid. next's kelly o'donnell watching it all with us tonight. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: hi there, brian. well, there was a hurry up and get here phone call from the white house to democratic leaders here in congress late today with less than an hour's notice to meet with the president. now this came after a day of anxiety and griping with democrats worried that the president might be about to strike a deal with speaker boehner that they wouldn't like in order to try to bring along those hard-to-wrangle house republicans. the president's budget director was here, and he got an earful about that from senate democrats, and it was made worse after whispers and news leaks that a bigger deal for debt reduction was close, and then all sides publicly denied it. >> i always believe that keeping the lines of communication open were important, and frankly i think it would be irresponsible on behalf of the congress and the president not to be looking at backup strategies for how to solve this problem. >> there is no deal. we are not close to a deal. we are -- obviously the presiden
to make theirs. we begin our coverage here tonight with nbc's kelly o'donnell covering it all on capitol hill. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. house republicans promise to have all the details of their new plan posted online by midnight tonight, so those frustrated people we just heard and anyone else can read it for themselves. then the race begins to try to get to the actual voting that could end this crisis. neither party is ready to blink. so there are now two competing plans. one proposal comes from speaker john boehner, who broke off debt talks with the president friday, but challenged mr. obama today. >> i think it would be irresponsible for the president to veto such legislation. >> reporter: senate democrats unveiled their own proposal, claiming house republican leaders cannot get the tea party wing to give. >> it appears to me at this stage the republicans are more interested in trying to embarrass the president than doing what's right for the country. >> reporter: despite the bitter tone, there is some common ground. neither plan raises taxes or cuts ent
and more has to be cut. we begin our coverage tonight in washington with nbc's kelly o'donnell on the hill. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, the deadline is getting closer and a deal seems far off tonight. aides say no new progress. the president did try and increase the sense of urgency saying he could not sign any kind of short-term extension, like a 30-day one for example. he said forget about that, he won't do that. getting more face time than ever before. >> hi, guys, this is the same shot you had yesterday, except we're wearing ties again. >> reporter: the third in what may be daily debt crisis negotiations. the president called congressional leaders back down to the white house. earlier the president made a pre-emptive strike at a news conference, saying republicans are refusing to budge. >> it's not going to get easier, it's going to get harder. so we might as well do it now. pull off the band-aid. eat our peas. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner countered that any tough love approach toward a deal still requires enough votes. >> i want to get there, i wa
this standoff stand tonight? since we're here on her beat, nbc's kelly o'donnell has been with us covering this all day long and is here with an update. kelly? >> brian, there is yet another twist tonight. republican aides tell me they fixed a mistake, they sent speaker boehner's plan to raise the debt limit and reduce spending back to the drawing board. they made changes and returned it to the nonpartisan number crunchers who gave it a score. the official number now is $917 billion in cuts over 10 years. that's an improvement for republicans. but the glitch took precious little time. a political rain delay on capitol hill. the house vote postponed on speaker boehner's plan. >> i've had kidney stones that are easier to pass than this. >> reporter: and democrats filled the time with sharp words. >> the speaker's plan is on life support and it is time for him to pull the plug. >> reporter: trying to save it, house republicans fired up their members to stick together at a meeting last night. and even played a movie clip, a violent scene from the ben affleck film "the town". >> we're going to
this evening between president obama and democratic congressional leaders. nbc's kelly o'donnell is on capitol hill to bring us up to speed. kelly? >> reporter: well, lester, no deal. speaker boehner told that to his house republicans today in a conference call. and while both parties have raised the concern about how markets might react negatively without a proposal in place, one aide told me that speaker boehner does not believe he is responsible for asian markets. boehner is setting a new target deadline now, hoping to have something ready by 2:00 tomorrow. no new photo ops to show the country both sides actually working together. instead, negotiators stayed behind closed doors today while the speaker and the president's top men staked out turf in duel interviews. >> i would prefer to have a bipartisan approach to solve this problem. if that's not possible, i and my republican colleagues in the house are prepared to move on our own. >> today? >> today. >> reporter: treasury secretary tim geithner insists the cloud of default must be lifted. >> default would be a tax on all americans. it wou
at this hour, we begin once again tonight with nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill. kelly, can we call these show votes tonight? because they're really not going to result in a solution right yet? >> reporter: well, they're certainly very important to get on the record, and speaker boehner is having a tough time right now. we expected within 15 minutes of the scheduled time of the vote it would go forward, but republican leadership abruptly pulled it back, switched to the business of naming post offices. they don't have the votes. some of the republican members who were publicly on record as a no were called to the speaker's office. do you have the votes? >> reporter: the house speaker's job is not chief vote counter. but today john boehner led a public and private get out the vote position. >> let's end this crisis. >> reporter: boehner met one-on-one with undecided republicans. while nancy pelosi campaigned to keep democrats from making the difference. >> i feel confident if they're going to have 217 votes, whatever it is, they're going to have to be republican votes. >> reporter: on
" magazine john heilemann, cnn's gloria borger, nbc's kelly o'donnell and "time" magazine's joe klein. first up, narrative has been about trying for a big debt reduction deal this year but the political consequences for barack obama and g.o.p. nominee next year are the real story here. if there's no grand deal what are the 2012 consequences? for the president, there are some 2012 upsides perhaps even without a big deal. for one, he claimed the higher ground through all of these debates. for looking more reasonable and he also championed the middle class because he proposed more taxes on the rich. the downsides for the president would include looking weak for failing to get a big compromise. also keeping the big spender tag. for the republican running for president next year, the up-sides of not getting a big deal are, keeping big spending charge against the president, good for them, and denying him a big victory. but there's the downsides for them, republican presidential candidate, by virtue of kicking the can down the road again. the tea party that looks like it's in their control. the g.o
at this hour, we want to begin once again with kelly o'donnell on capitol hill. >> reporter: the hour is late, and it's been a power struggle inside the office of speaker boehner. he needed a handful of votes to make the statement for republicans in the end game of this debate. he just doesn't have it. to give you an idea, there are dozens of pizza boxes arriving here. and at the same time, house members, a group of them had gone to the chapel to pray. that gives you an idea how long a night this is. >> do you have the votes? >> reporter: the house speaker's job is not chief vote counter. but today john boehner led both a public and private get out the vote operation. >> let's end this crisis. >> reporter: boehner met one-on-one with undecided republicans. while nancy pelosi campaigned to keep democrats from making the difference. >> i feel very confident that if they're going to have 217 votes, whatever it is, they're going to have to be republican votes. >> reporter: one of those republicans turned out to be veteran indiana conservative mike pence. >> i announced this morning that i would s
disappointed in this call for higher revenue. >> nbc's kelly o'donnell was with the speaker as he told the press he was walking away before he called the president. kelly joins us from the capitol. there's a big discrepancy on how this week unfolded. walk us through that. the speaker came out and said they had an agreement at $800 billion in revenue increases, which is shocking. i think it's the shocking news of the night that he got himself and eric cantor into an agreement to raise tax revenue by $800 billion, and then the president wanted to raise it even more. >> well, i can give you a sense of how this unfolded here today. i was over in the speaker's office, he has a group of offices. he walked into a room, there were reporters there, and we asked the speaker what was up, and he said you're a bit early. kind of quiet reference of the fact he was about to call the president. he left the room. we had asked him, is this vote the conclusion of whatever happens here going to be tougher than the tarp vote, that was so politically damaging, he said not yet. the speaker went off to call t
. this is just not going to happen. >> nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has the latest for us. good morning to you. where do things stand? >> reporter: after we saw the east room versus the speaker's ceremonial office last night, it comes back just to the hill today, a fight over what to do next. it's expected the house will take its vote tomorrow. that will not be an easy thing to get across the finish line. there are about three dozen conservatives tea party affiliate affiliated is that kind of a sour feeling about the bill, the same as voting against it, we don't yet know, but democratic candidates say that harry reid is pulling back a bit. he wants to see what will happen with the house bill, not calling his own, the competing plan for a vote, because if the boehner plan goes down, then harry reid may be in a better position to try to get his compromise package to be the only thing left standing, therefore the urgency of the moment might get more people to go along. we're at a point where it's not only a message war, it's a strategy war, and there's a contingency plan popp
's kelly o'donnell is on capitol hill to tell us more now. kelly? >> reporter: well, lester, the drama has been down to the wire, the political kind with all the fiery talk. the real world kind with the cc: threat of default in the air, and so late today, john boehner was finally able to do what he had been stumbling through for days, bringing that vote to the house floor. and with no democrats on board, boehner had to bend pretty far to get even some of his own republicans on board. speaker john boehner flashed a smile this morning. >> good morning. >> reporter: but the mood was sour and uncertain. >> is there a chance we'll become adult leaders and we'll run the government the way you would run your household budget? i hope. >> reporter: house republicans were summoned to a strategy session. >> do you think it will get done today? >> i sure hope so. it is getting late in the game. >> reporter: after thursday night's late night arm twisting failed to get a debt deal that would pass. then more controversy, boehner added a balanced budget constitutional amendment, necessary to win over some
's kelly o'donnell is joining us from capitol hill. kelly, you interrupted us earlier and said this is not a good tellment. you weren't kidding. >> reporter: we got a lot of the behind the scenes from them and i can tell you that the tone from the president and tone from the house republicans, this is a divide not only in not being able to get a deal but how they view this. you heard what president thinks went wrong. what we were told is that the house republicans do believe that the white house was willing to make some big structural changes to how things work. giving them credit for that. what they say really derailed this is when the gang of six came back. that group of bipartisan senators working for months on their own deal. they were considered to be own the side lines. they burst back on the scene tuesday with a package that differs from what the white house and speaker boehner had been talking bp gop aids say then the white house pulled back. and began to change its demands and change what it wanted. so speaker boehner is saying yes, the white house was willing to chang
. >> nbc's kelly o'donnell joins me now, and break it down, kelly, because it does change by the second, it seems. where do we stand right now? >> well, this is one story where news is instantaneous, because things have been changing, and things predicted have fallen by the wayside and a new set of realities has merged today. so, here is where we are. the house has worked to try to change the bill that bears speaker john boehner's name, and to make it more attractive to hard-line conservatives and absolutely critical to bring it to the floor to get it passed. that is important because what happens in the house moves to the senate for them to act. much of what is happening here really involves the intricate rules of congress that most of the time we don't get into in the stories that we cover here, but it matters immensely now. so to give you a sense of this, the rules committee, people might not have heard of that before, but they decide when the language of a bill is ready, and how to bring it to the floor and what the procedures will be, and they have played a huge role. they were at
borier, nbc's kelly o'donnell and "time" magazine's joe klein. first up, president obama faced critical decisions on the debt and afghanistan the last few weeks and all the while the geniuses who ran his 2008 campaign have been huddled with their maps and polls, figuring out how to put together a repeat victory. what's the anatomy of a re-election win for obama. he has 4-5, 81% of the people who voted for him last night according to a june nbc poll. what happened to the other 20% of obama's 2008 voters and how does he win them back? let's look at three skenl elements in the anatomy of the obama electorate. in the 2008 exit polls, obama got 66% of voters under 30. now he has just 56% of the under 30's. good? maybe not good enough. another key in the anatomy, suburban voters. any 08 exit polls, 50% of suburbanites went for obama. now he's down to 141%. final will laveragee pin in the obama win n '08 he had 52% of independents. now he has just 43% of independents. john, you wrote game changer about how he did it last time. how do they put, the geniuses out there in chicago and washington,
on deficits. >> nbc's kelly o'donnell joins me live from capitol hill, and we know though that sides disagree on what is the right thing and how the handle it. >> exactly. there are a couple of developments happening. first of all, senator harry reid, the majority leader is saying that the senate will stay in session through the weekend and right up to the august 2nd deadline or when it resolves itself, so it is extra work for senators and the staffs, and on the agreement of reid and mcconnell, that is largely the work of staffers behind the scenes and the general outlines are there, but there is a ways to go, and because the president has issued a veto threat on the cut, cap and balance as it is known that you mentioned that the house is likely to pass tomorrow, that triggered a new response from speaker john boehner and that is a written statement that says, it gives you a sense of what speaker boehner's view is. he describes it as unfortunate veto and shows that it is not congressional in action, a defense of his own side, but rather the president's unwillingness to do more cutting and it
a budget deal. kelly o'donnell, ain't no recess next week, huh? >> they claim they are going to work. let's see how much they get done. they are gone today and they'll be gone through the holiday and back here to try to show that they are concerned and willing to work on this debt issue. and one of things if you want to know what's behind this republican anger, their feeling has been that the president has floated above the whole negotiation a little bit too much. the vice president was a key player but they say the president has not done enough and republicans are saying the president is ignoring a political realty that any kind of tax increase in a budget package would not pass, therefore it's a nonstarter. therefore it takes the country closer to the brink. that's the thinking behind this. one of senators who was so upset about it, mark rubio, a florida, a new senator who has this to say. >> quite frankly, it's disappointing and the kind of language you would expect from a leader of a third world country, not the president of the united states. either the president doesn't truly unders
. >> that was kelly o'donnell reporting. >>> transportation officials are expressing their frustrationing that thousands of faa employees are off because after shutdown. they are furloughed without pay because congress was not able to pass an extension of the air travel agency's funding friday. 1,000 of those employees work in the district. it also means airports nationwide will not receive about $2.5 billion in funding for construction projects. congress says that they will revisit the bill today. >>> this afternoon, president obama will address a major hispanic civil rights organization. the national council of laraza is holding its conference here. the speech is expected to focus on immigration issues. the conference is being held at the marriott in woodley park. and security is expected to be tight. if you are in the area around lunch time, you main want to avoid connecticut avenue. >>> democratic leader nancy pelosi is asking an ethics panel to investigate a democratic congressman, david wu. amid allegations of sexual misconduct. the democrat from oregon says he will not resign but w
have been required in the past as well. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, michele bachmann addressed this right away. what is she saying? >> one of the things i found so interesting is there have been other controversies that have hit her campaign, that comes with the territory, and at times she's avoided talking about it, refused to talk about it. but when it came to her health, she wanted to respond right away. >> don't give up. >> reporter: this time the questions have nothing to do with her politics. >> the prescribed medication that i take on occasion whenever symptoms arise and they keep my migraines under control. >> reporter: a report on michele bachmann's struggle with migraines is a political headache on the campaign trail. >> but i'd like to be abundantly clear. my ability to function effectively will not affect -- will not affect my ability to serve as commander in chief. >> reporter: in south carolina on tuesday -- >> this is a bold step. >> reporter: bachman took questions about that report, saying her migraines can be, quote, incapacitating. a conser
of the angles of this developing story with msnbc's kelly o'donnell, and kristen welker. i want to start with kelly. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell now saying he supports boehner's plan, and what does that mean for the reid plan? >> well, one of the things that we have been watching is what would mitch mcconnell say publicly, because he and majority leader reid had been working on the super duper fallback we were talking about a week or so ago, and for a while, he has allowed boehner to be the front man for this, and the comments that mcconnell made today are important, and what it suggests is that there are people in the senate who believe that the boehner plan must go first meaning that the house has to vote, and see where the votes actually end up, and that will determine what the senate can do. so, it was an important push today for the republican speaker john boehner to try to get his folks in line when mitch mcconnell said this. >> that is why we will continue to press for the legislation speaker boehner has proposed and that is why we will fight against anything that prete
begin tonight with nbc's kelly o'donnell on the hill and kelly, what has changed from last night to today? >> something new. >> reporter: a setback for speaker john boehner. his plan which promised a trillion dollars in cuts, the congressional office ran the numbers and says it falls short by $150 billion. so boehner aides tell me they're looking at it and rewriting, red pen out, looking for more cuts. that's a new hurdle as so much frustration is aimed right here. >> reporter: congress and the country on hold. >> i'm asking you all to make your voice heard. >> reporter: and hundreds of thousands did. >> there are 212 people waiting on hold. >> if you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of congress know. >> reporter: today a flood of phone calls and e-mail to both parties saying -- get something done! much of the pressure to get a deal that prevents default falls on house speaker john boehner who blamed the president in primetime. >> i gave it my all. unfortunately, the president would not take "yes" for an answer. >> reporter: and today, it was boeh
, kelly o'donnell, capitol hill correspondent, both join us now. chuck, first to you. the white house says that the deal has to be done by july 22nd in order to get it passed by august 2nd. they say it is a real deadline. address that and also of course the talk about whether or not tim geithner, now that we know his son is going to return to high school, they never were able to sell their house in west chester county, new york. whether or not he's looking for an exit strategy. >> let's take on first the part about the july 22nd deadline. this is, according to the way the white house puts it, is that this is the only way, if you want to meet august 2nd, you've got to get it basically done by july 22nd, because to get the bills written, to get them marked up, to get them passed through both the house and the senate, get those three-day waiting period, you put all that together and essentially that's what they're saying, that in order to get to august 2nd you need to back it up. so that's how they've come up with july 22nd. now, over the next few days, we are expected to hear from the treasu
and even from some within boehner's own party. here's nbc's kelly o'donnell. >> reporter: the politics of chronic gridlock hurts. >> i've had kidney stones. they're easier to pass than this. >> reporter: and the prognosis from democrats is dire. >> well, the speaker's plan is on life-support and it's time for him to pull the plug. >> reporter: but house speaker john boehner claims his debt limit plan has been revived, after a big last-minute fix. republicans reworked the package and now it's projected to cut more, $917 billion over ten years. >> it is a test. this is a big step, trying to get control of our deficit and our debt. >> reporter: in an interview with brian williams for sunday's special "taking the hill: inside congress" boehner played down the loud opposition from some of his own members. >> mr. speaker, it is fair to say you have a bit of a rebellion on your hands? or do you feel -- >> oh, i've got a little rebellion on my hands every day. it comes with the territory. >> you're not worried? >> never let them see you sweat. >> reporter: the speaker is getting heat from sena
or friday, magic things can happen here in congress in a very short period of time. >> kelly o'donnell is nbc's capitol hill correspondent. what's surprising to me is apparently how little conversation actually is taking place behind the scenes between reid and mcconnell, reid and boehner, as much as we thought there would be say a week ago when we would have been at this point? >> well, it's one of the things that aides don't necessarily want to shine a big bright light on. what we have been told is that certainly the senior level staffers who, as you understand, are critically important in that, they do a lot of the heavy lifting in negotiations, so the top man for speaker boehner, top man for majority leader reid have had some communication. it kind of hit a wall when it seemed like there wasn't a heck of a lot left to say until the house sort of worked through this process that we think will come to a head today and kind of the wave, point where it seemed like boehner didn't have the votes then the rejiggering of the plan. aides tell me they think that the new number coming from th
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